Worcestershire Women made sure of their Division Two status in the Royal London 50 Over Competition with a 35 run success over Devon Women at New Road.

It was their third victory of the campaign and pushed them away from the relegation zone into a mid-table position.

The home side were put into bat and were given a solid platform by Naomi Heywood and Joanna Cull during an opening stand of 127 in 32 overs.

Heywood made 54 from 104 balls with seven fours and Cull 51 from 96 deliveries with five boundaries.

Clare Boycott hit an unbeaten 37 and Rachel Baldwin gave the innings late impetus with 29 off 16 balls with five fours.

Worcestershire also benefitted from 28 wides in a total of 41 extras in making 236-6 from their 50 overs.

When Devon replied, Sian Ruck picked up two early wickets before Amara Carr (68) and Cait O'Keefe (42) added 94 in 23 overs to take them to 134-2.

But Thea Brookes removed Carr during a tight 10 over spell and Emily Arlott picked up two wickets including O'Keefe.

Ruck finished with the excellent figures of 3-28 from eight overs as Devon fell short of their target.

WORCESTERSHIRE WOMEN

Heywood b Silk 54

Cull b Dibble 51

Rowles b Dibble 8

Brookes run out 12

Boycott not out 37

Arlott b Butcher 1

Baldwin st Carr b Butcher 29

Ruck not out 3

Extras 41

Total (for 6 wickets) 236 in 50 overs

FOW: 127, 135, 144, 181, 189, 226

Bowling: Dibble 2-42, Butcher 2-51, Silk 1-35

DEVON WOMEN

Carr b Brookes 68

Cranstone c Heywood b Ruck 3

Dibble lbw Ruck 5

O'Keefe b Arlott 42

MacKenzie c Brookes b Arlott 28

McNally b Ruck 6

Butcher run out 4

Silk c Baldwin b Humby 8

Garton not out 1

Hutchins not out 0

Extras 36

Total (for 8 wickets) 201 in 50 overs

FOW: 24, 40, 134, 170, 171, 185, 198, 198

Bowling

Ruck 8-0-28-3

Waters 10-1-41-0

Arlott 10-1-44-2

Houghton 7-0-32-0

Brookes 10-1-34-1

Humby 5-0-13-1